Thank you for your input. I think I need to go to a local retailer to check out the Co-Star or equivalent. I guess I was hoping that maybe a future software app. upgrade might include a browser. But then, I suppose there wouldn't be much demand for the Co-Star.
Thank you in advance.
Up until a month ago, we had no complaints about the picture quality. While we were watching we heard a pop in the set, followed by about 10 seconds of snow. The picture returned, but, since then it has seemed seriously degraded. Intermittently, the picture is washed out. It looks like an analog set on which the brightness control has been pushed too high. It is not as bad as SD, but not much better.
Some words to describe the picture:
Slightly out of focus.
In addition, the other night we were watching red movie credits against a black background. The text was surrounded by pink cloud. (Is this what people mean when they talk about "blooming"?)
The set is almost exactly one month past Vizio warranty. However, it is also protected by a SquareTrade warranty.
- Should I call Vizio at this point or go right to SquareTrade?
- Are there any technical terms to describe what I am seeing so that customer service will understand what I am talking about?
- Has anyone else experienced this kind of problem?
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A few times the logo has appeared and last night the TV managed to boot up all the way and showed about 20 seconds of video before fading out again, still with sound.
Any known issues with this series or ideas? Searching around returns all kinds of possibilities...main board, inverter board, power supply board, capacitors, fuses, etc.
Out of warranty by a few months.
Will I be able to get 5.1 surround sound with the Vizio VIZIO S4251w-B4 5.1 Soundbar when using my TV as the only input into the soundbar? A bit more detail: I am running HDMI from my HTPC to the TV and want to know if, when playing 5.1 movies from my HTPC the soundbar will play 5.1 or stereo? Or will I need to run audio into the soundbar separately?
I just acquired a xvt3d474sv from my grandparents because they stepped up to a newer 55". They never had wifi at their house, so the tv was never connected to the internet and the firmware was never updated. Well, one of the first things I did was connect it to the internet and try out some of the apps. It quickly wanted to update the firmware, so I let it...apparently that was a bad idea. It stayed on the updating firmware screen for a while and then shut off and tried to reboot, but it will not reboot completely. It will come on and show the vizio logo on the screen for about a minute and then shut off and try to reboot again. Any suggestions? I tried to unplugging the tv for a few hours and holding the power button down for a minute or so, but nothing seems to be working.
Worst case call Vizio customer service. They have helped people on this forum whose tv has had download issues and froze up.
My vizio doesn't like it when it gets powered on while there is an active HDMI connection, like a cable box left on. It seems to start up, the logo comes on, the logo fades, and maybe a picture will start up. Then the screen freezes with pink screen and colored lines, audio freezes, and the only way to get it back is to unplug it. It does the blinking logo thing for 2-3 minutes, then comes on and (usually) works fine. Occasionally about 5-10 minutes later it will randomly shut off, blink for 60 seconds, then restart.
Additionally, even with no active HDMI present, it does this same thing whenever the room temperature is below about 74 degrees (so, like 6 months out of the year.) In the summer with the AC at 78, it only exhibits this issue once a week or so.
I replaced it as my main TV yesterday (LG 65UB9500 UHD 4k 3D,) but I want to use it elsewhere. The picture on this vizio is amazing, which is why I bought it to begin with back in 2010.
Right now I have the back cover off ready to do some surgery and replace a faulty board. There aren't any obviously blown capacitors or anything. I've fixed a few LCDs before, but only when I had a solid idea of what was wrong. In this case I need to figure out if this is a main board, T-CON, or power board issue.
I guess my next step is a factory reset.
If that doesn't work, can anyone who knows how these components really work hazard a guess of which board is causing this?
Vizio XVT3D554SV to Vizio E65u-D3 or E60u-D3